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    Default body lift vs suspension lift..?

    hey just wondering what the differences is between the two. just tryin to do my homework you know.. wat are the advantages and disadvantages for both?
    2007 GMC Sierra SLE CC, fabtech, 20x10 ultra predators, toyo mts

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    A suspension lift will lift everything on your truck except the wheels, rear axle, and hubs. A body list only lifts the body off of the frame so you won't actually gain any ground clearance but you will gain more tire clearance. Here's what I can think of for pros and cons

    Body lift pros:

    Cheap easy lift
    will not wear out suspension parts or hurt your truck mechanically in any way
    will not change the ride stiffness
    less body roll than a suspension lift (a 2" body lift will creat less roll than a 2" suspension kit because there is a lower center of mass)

    Body lift cons:

    does not gain any ground clearance
    creates a visual gap between the frame and bed in the wheel wells
    will show off more of your frame
    Some intakes will either not work or will not fit correctly
    not really considered a lift by some people

    Suspension lift pros:

    Lifts the entire vehicle and gains ground clearance
    keeps your frame hidden

    Suspension lift cons:

    More expensive than a body lift
    will wear out drive parts quicker such as ball joints, wheel hubs, and CV joints
    stiffens ride

    I'm sure there are pleanty more but thats just what I can think of at the moment. Suspension lifts are a lot better but a body lift is a cheap way to gain the clearance for bigger tires and gain the appearance of a larger truck.
    99 Silverado Z71 4.8
    2" Suspension lift (Add-a-leafs and leveling keys)
    Long tube headers with 3" offroad Y-Pipe
    Volant Cold Air Intake with Ram Air Intake Tube
    Jet Mass Air Flow Sensor
    Diablosport Predator Tuner

    Previous Truck:
    97 Suburban K1500
    3" Body lift
    2" Suspension Lift (Add-a-leafs and cranked up torsion bars)
    35" Yokohama M/T's
    K&N Intake
    Airraid Throttle Body Spacer
    Hypertech Programmer
    Dual Flowmasters

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    do a search for other threads like this, I know there are a few out there
    95 GMC Sierra 2500
    3" Body Lift, 33" Goodyear MTR's
    5.7L 350 TBI Edelbrock SDT Exhaust, Flowtech Headers, K&N Intake
    Sold :(
    1999 Jeep Cherokee, 3" Rustys lift, 33" BFG MT's, locked, armored: Rolled :(
    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. K&N Intake, Custom Kolak Exhaust

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    suspension gives you the ground clearance you really like to have on a mud or trail ride whereas a body lift gives you more room for tires and such. body lifts are better if your mainly goin for looks but you might look into both because you dont want your body sittin way up above your suspension cause it jus looks wierd. if your goin for looks only id say about a 4 inch body and it will look way better than before.

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    I would never do a body lift over 3 inches. Just my .02
    1999 GMC Sierra 2500 350 vortec
    1967 Jeep M725 ambulance 230 tornado
    1990 Cherokee Limited- 3 inch lift on 33's
    ...and every one of em has issues

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    Even the experts wouldnt recommend going over 3".

    con for body lifts: if you dont do regular maintenance on the body mount bolts, i.e checking the torque regularly you have the posibility of shearing off a bolt or pulling the fastener through the mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95CTburb19 View Post
    I would never do a body lift over 3 inches. Just my .02
    so no to a body lift of more than 3 inches but its ok for suspension lift of more than 3in?

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    you can do a suspension lift as high as you want... don't do the body lift over 3 in

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic 4x4
    - 17" Avalanche Wheels
    - 2 10" Premier Comp Subs/custom Subthump box
    - Some scrapes, scratches, dents, creases, and bends!

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    body lift looks good, unless you can see that terrible looking gap between the frame and box.

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    i know that in texas and a few other states more than a 3 body is illegal..
    and not safe..

    2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 (the Yellow Jacket)
    4inch suspension 3inch body
    Straight 6 (383 Stroker within a year)
    36inch SuperSwamper TSL.
    Detroit Loccers
    Daily Driver Weekend Wheeler
    much more...

    2004 Sierra crew cab, 2wd, 5.3 V8
    2inch Daystar Leveling kit
    single dumped Flowmaster 40 sieries exaust(removed)
    Mb Blitz Chrome wheels
    Leer Bed Cover(for sale)
    50k miles

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